When I mentioned innovation earlier on, I meant just that. With the features included within this power supply come into play, it becomes difficult to see why they weren't developed earlier. But wait, we're not quite finished with the new concepts just yet. I've saved what many will feel is the best, for last.
Can you say dual 12v output circuits? If not then you'd better learn because this is exactly what comes with the NeoPower. Instead of having a single rail that might be able to handle about 20-22 amps or so, there are two designed into this unit with ratings of 15 amps and 18 amps respectively. Here is the Antic blurb on this idea:
"Dual 12v output circuits provide maximum stable power for the CPU independently of the other peripherals"
When it comes right down to it, the goal behind a performance rated power supply is to give you the best current load possible and still allow you to run all components without problem. With newer peripherals requiring more power than ever before, the overall wattage ratings have skyrocketed. If someone asks me to recommend a power supply to be used in an enthusiast system, my beginning level of performance is 400 watts. This is a far cry from the old 200-watt models that came standard when you bought a new machine a few years ago.
Pricing is a pretty steep, but given the quality it is only a minor setback in my opinion. It can be found online for just over US$150 in its retail packaging. If you're looking for a budget power supply, look somewhere else. If you're looking for quality, then add this one to your list of ones to consider.
Bottom line... Antec has long been a name to be reckoned with when it comes to power supplies and they have maintained this tradition with their latest offering. The NeoPower has enough features to make even the most diehard enthusiast happy and enough power to handle the meatiest of rigs. Though expensive, it has quality and features to spare.
Very tight tolerances on all voltage rails
Excellent cable management
Plenty of connectors
Forward thinking design (supports SATA and PCI-Express)
Power to spare
Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's MUST HAVE Editors Choice Award!
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